Friday, February 15, 2019

Andrew McCabe Confirms: Deep State Plotted To Take Down Trump


Investor’s Business Daily | EDITORIAL


Andrew McCabe: In pushing his new book, former FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe dropped a bombshell on CBS News. 

The Justice Department held meetings to consider removing President Trump from office under the 25th Amendment, after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey for lying. If that doesn't convince you there's a Deep State, perhaps nothing will.

We have maintained since early 2017 (see herehereherehere, and here) that the supposed "Russia-Trump collusion" was in fact engineered by the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton campaign working with Deep State officials and bureaucrats who hoped for advancement and perhaps even posts in the coming Hillary Clinton administration.

They wouldn't, of course, have to worry about rules, the law or moral propriety, since Clinton once in office would no doubt squelch any unwanted investigations.

"There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment," said CBS News' Scott Pelley, who interviewed McCabe.
And McCabe admits he began the obstruction of justice investigation against Trump, despite having virtually no evidence.

Andrew McCabe: Hobbling Trump

"The most illuminating and surprising thing in the interview to me were these eight days in May (2017) when all of these things were happening behind the scenes that the American people really didn't know about," Pelley said
Yes, and those eight days culminated in the appointment of Robert Mueller as "special prosecutor."

That ensured that no matter what happened to James Comey, Andrew McCabe or any of the others, Trump's presidency would be hobbled from the very beginning by an unjustified investigation.

This is nothing less than an attempted silent coup against a sitting president. The machinations of the FBI, CIA and Justice Department plainly indicate a conspiracy. A crime against the Constitution and the people of the U.S.

A large cast of characters ranging from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, CIA Director John Brennan, current deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, senior Justice Department Official Bruce Ohr and his wife and sometime CIA asset, Nellie Ohr, FBI Director James Comey, FBI attorney Lisa Page, FBI official Peter Strzok,  and, of course, Andrew McCabe, took part.

Deep State's Anti-Trump Collusion

They all worked together to undermine Trump using what they knew was an unreliable "dossier" based on hearsay from questionable foreign sources and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Discussions of removing a legitimate American president under the 25th Amendment shows their desperation after Trump's surprising 2016 victory.
Together, they decided that democracy was too important to be left to the people, and Trump's removal had to be stage-managed instead by them from behind the scenes.

And they lied about it. Or kept quiet about it. Or misrepresented what they did, even to the Foreign Intelligence Security Court. That is real obstruction of justice. And a real conspiracy.

Remember, the extraordinary events related by Andrew McCabe happened just months into Trump's time in office. And Comey's own perfidy took place just as Trump entered office.

This wasn't because they had evidence of a crime.

A Silent Coup?

Inside-the-Beltway elites fought to subvert the presidency of someone they, not the rest of America, deemed unfit for the presidency.

The more we learn, the more tenuous the evidence seems. And the more devious and partisan the major Deep State players seem. Is it possible the Mueller investigation has something of which no one is aware? Sure. But he hasn't shown anything yet. Nor has he even hinted he has something.

And if, indeed, he doesn't, the legal scrutiny should turn away from Trump to those who, from the apparent safety of their taxpayer-funded Deep State offices, planned to take down a president they didn't like.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

It's the economy, stupid; or is it entitlements?




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"Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country."
– President Donald Trump

George HW Bush once said, “There is no higher honor than to serve free men and women beneath the American flag.” In 1991 following Operation Desert Storm, U.S. and world opinion of President Bush was the highest of any president in history. His approval rating of 89 percent is the greatest ever recorded by Gallup. 

Yet that wasn’t enough to get him re-elected. 

Team Clinton knew that to defeat the popular Bush, they must turn victory into failure. And they did that with one Alinsky-ism: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” 

They engaged in a deceptive political war to turn America’s attention to the slow economy rather than Bush’s victory in Kuwait. 

They sagaciously made a war hero a villain with just four simple words: “It’s the economy stupid.”

At the time of the election, our economy was in a mild recession. 

Yet Clinton, who could make you believe anything was true that wasn’t true, transformed an economic downturn into a calamity. 

In a televised debate, Clinton, staring reverently into the camera, said: "How has the recession affected you personally?" He then answered: "I feel your pain." 

He took control of the message, convincing people they had problems by turning a non-problem into a problem. 

He used the same strategy as FDR when he almost parlayed the Great Depression into a dictatorship. Both of them knew there’s no issue more important to the average voter than the economy. If it is not an issue, if you want to win, make it an issue.

“No politician can sit on a hot issue if you make it hot enough.”
– Saul Alinsky

Barack Obama cake-walked to D.C. on the back of an over publicized recession. Media portrayed him as the new age FDR. He didn’t let them down.

He turned an economic downturn into a career. 

Like Clinton, he charmed the underclass by fabricating problems he’d claim to solve and didn’t. He rode his stallion through the country like Robin Hood at Nottingham, reciting the progressive gospel; he’d transform America into nirvana. 

But unlike Clinton, who relied on Gingrich, Obama relied on his ego. He convinced his motley sycophants a bad economy was OK since government would take care of them and was re-elected.

"People must understand, I have the best deal.”
– Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton doubled down on Obama during her White House bid, which was a misread on America. 

Voters woke up and saw the arithmetic on the wall and elected Trump, a capitalist. 

While progressives labeled Trump’s win a bearish event, that changed a few months after he was elected as the economy mushroomed. 

Their love affair with Trump made the economy the best in decades. 

Employment is up, the market is on fire, and 76 percent of all voters believe they are better off today than any time in years. 

Then why did they kick out half the Congress last election? 

Progressive operatives controlled the message.

"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
– Saul Alinsky

Just before the midterms, President Donald Trump received a Commerce Department report that the gross domestic grew at an unprecedented 5 percent the final quarter of last year. Consumers spent more due to lower fuel prices and improved wages. 

President Trump evidenced this as proof that his policies on trade, taxes and economics were working. 

This robust growth was good news for Republicans, who were counting on the economy to help them in the midterm elections. 

Yet times changed with the rise of the left’s entitlement society. 

This gaggle no longer cares about the economy; only what government will give them. 

So the left changed their message from economics to entitlements and retook the House.

“Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.”
– Saul Alinsky

Ronald Reagan said, liberals think that “facts are stupid things.” They cannot win on facts so they must control the message to burry the truth from voters to win. 

They redirect attention from a stellar accomplishment with invented social catastrophes to win elections. 

By continuing to replenish their army with young recruits, they’re able to negate the success of capitalist leaders promising to level the social and economic playing fields for their proletariats. 

With social media and a leftist press in their camp, they can recant their well-rehearsed pollution and destroy the truth faster than Clinton can lose his shorts.

"The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."
– Saul Alinsky

Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address to an eager America.

When he took the stage, he was electric. He recited his accomplishments which few Americans were aware of due to negative leftist media coverage. He passionately extended an olive branch to the warring progressives. 

They were not impressed and ramped up their impish sulking. 

Trump called for their “cooperation and compromise for America’s good," and asked them to stop "the politics of revenge" for the good of our nation. 

The more he pleaded for their help and support the more they taunted and jeered his overtures.

"Tonight, I ask you to choose greatness over gridlock.”
– President Trump

As Trump extolled the virtues of the best economy in decades, the left was egg-faced. 

When he reiterated his economic accomplishments of 5.3 million new jobs, 600,000 in manufacturing; the lowest unemployment in history for minority groups; wages rising the fastest for blue-collar workers in history; business confidence at record highs; $8 trillion in stock market gains; massive American retirement gains, and much more, only a few reluctant leftists applauded? 

His benchmark success, tax cuts for everyone, got only partisan applause. Corporate America isn't popular with the left and this kind of success destroys their message of gloom for America under Trump. 

He rubbed salt in their wounds as he reminded them:

“We will never become a socialist country.”
– Donald Trump

The left has convinced their base government is the answer not individual effort. They drove this message home with five scripted degenerative responses to Trump’s State of the Union. 

Joseph Kennedy claimed Trump deceived America with phony economic news. Socialist Bernie Sanders ranted Trump had cut healthcare benefits for seniors. Donna Edwards said his tax cuts were only for the rich. Maxine Waters scolded him for favoring foreign interests over black Americans?

But Politico has revealed these were negative contextual half-truths or total non-truths.

“Policy, for the most part, has been made for white people in America, not for people of color.”
– Maxine Waters

Donald Trump ended with another plea to the left: “This is our future, our fate, and our choice. We must go forward together”. But this fell on deaf ears. 

The left has redefined the American Dream for their power over principal. 

Their base no longer has the moral values of our first settlers, who came here seeking economic opportunity. They wanted a new life in a nation that would reward them for investing in this country, not expecting someone to give them an EBT card, a cell phone or a free lunch. They came to America for liberty, freedom and a chance to be anything they desired to be.

There was a time when we were a nation of people that cherished freedom, hard work, decency, and responsibility under the flag of patriotism. 

But due to progressivism, destructive values have seeped into our culture like toxic waste. Liberals politicize everything from sports to our bathrooms.

Everyone is a victim to benefit them. They have divided America to conquer it.

Until we are willing to draw a line in the sand and stand our ground, they will continue to bully us into submission. Who is going to stand up and tell the progressives, “It is the economy stupid!”

"I will fight for you with every breath in my body; and I will never, ever let you down.”
– President Trump

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New California governor kills high-speed rail boondoggle


By Michael Barone | Washington Examiner
 

Big news from California: Gov. Gavin Newsom, in his first State of the State speech, has said he is ending the state’s hugely expensive and hopelessly quixotic high-speed rail line.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle website, Newsom said the high-speed rail, a project beloved of the just-retired four-term Gov. Jerry Brown, “would cost too much and take too long.”

Cost too much: an estimated $77 billion, far above the cost pitched to voters when the project was approved 52 to 48 percent in 2008. Take too long: its first phase had an estimated completion date of 2033, some 14 years from now.

I have written numerous times about this egregious folly. Brown seemed to think that high-speed rail was cutting-edge technology. Actually, the first high-speed rail line, Japan’s Shinkansen, was opened in 1964, 55 years ago and 69 years before the California high-speed rail’s latest estimated completion date.

A high-speed rail between the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay area makes no economic sense. Flights between these two metro areas take about one hour, to and from multiple major airports — five in metro L.A., three in the Bay area — while the supposedly high-speed train would probably cost more than a plane ticket and take four hours. Travelers with less money and more time can drive door-to-door between the two in about six hours.

Newsom did say that the state would continue to build the currently-under-construction link between Bakersfield and Merced. “He says building the line could bring economic transformation to the agricultural region,” reports the Chronicle. 

Though one might add that employing people there to dig holes and then fill them up would be about as productive

There’s a hitch to stopping now: “He says abandoning that portion of the project would require the state to return $3.5 billion in federal dollars.” That’s money the Obama administration sent to Brown to fulfill what he considered a dream, but for everyone else, has been a nightmare.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Shove It, Democrats: Senate Intelligence Committee Finds No Direct Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion


By Matt Vespa | Townhall


To this day, there has been zero solid evidence to suggest there was a definitive collusion conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. 

After years of mocking Republicans for suggesting the Russians were a geopolitical threat, it took one election loss to turn them into rabid Russophobes the likes we haven’t seen since Joseph McCarthy was in the U.S. Senate. 

This has always been a sour grapes crusade peddled by Democrats still stunned that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, still seething over that loss, and desperate to find something, anything, that they can use to impeach the president. 

We have the DOJ probe spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating this matter for over a year and a half. The investigation is closely guarded, but things leak in this town, especially on this. 

We would have known about potential solid evidence by now. We have none.

And now the Senate Intelligence Committee has found “no direct evidence” of Trump-Russia collusion after two years of investigating and 200 interviews (via NBC News):

After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end of its investigation into the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee.

But investigators disagree along party lines when it comes to the implications of a pattern of contacts they have documented between Trump associates and Russians — contacts that occurred before, during and after Russian intelligence operatives were seeking to help Trump by leaking hacked Democratic emails and attacking his opponent on social media.

"If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia," said Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said last week in an interview with CBS News.

Burr was careful to note that more facts may yet be uncovered, but he also made clear that the investigation was nearing an end.

"We know we're getting to the bottom of the barrel because there're not new questions that we're searching for answers to," Burr said.

Democratic Senate investigators who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity did not dispute Burr's characterizations, but said they lacked context.

Yeah, it’s a nothingburger. It’s always been a ridiculous story, one that exposed a rather schizophrenic narrative about the president from Democrats. 

He’s either a genius who colluded with the Kremlin or a moron; he cannot be both. 

Also, yes, there were some shady people in the Trump orbit, many of which have been indicted, but for crimes unrelated to collusion and most of them pre-dating the 2016 election. Who cares? 

It still doesn’t prove collusion. 

The pervasive poor reporting about the subject has exacerbated the whole issue. 

Most recently, BuzzFeed had their beloved scoop that Trump ordered ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Russian real estate deal. Who blew it up? 

The Mueller investigation, which offered a rare statement saying that their story, was inaccurate. 

CNN has been nearly beaten to death for their shoddy reporting on Russia collusion. 

Granted, there have been some moments of sanity from the news media about this story, with some hosts even admitting that no evidence will be found, but it’s overall been rather embarrassing

As for the Democratic Party, well, some of its members have fallen off the deep end.

Omar Thanks Jewish Colleagues for 'Educating' Her on Anti-Semitism


By Cortney O'Brien | Townhall


Source: AP Photo/Jim Mone

Following mounting criticism about her anti-Israeli sentiments in Congress, and on Twitter, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was compelled to release the following statement. In it, she thanks her Jewish colleagues for "educating" her on the harms of anti-Semitism. She "unequivocally apologizes" for her rhetoric.


Judging by her extra note at the bottom of the above "apology," however, she doesn't exactly feel bad about accusing Republicans of supporting Israel because of the fundraising that accompanies it. "It's all about the Benjamins baby," she wrote on Twitter over the weekend.  

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Omar has also tweeted her belief that Israel has "hypnotized the world." As recently as last month, she wondered aloud how those sentiments could be interpreted as offensive. She also knowingly supports the BDS movement, a campaign that promotes the boycotting of Israeli goods and services. When Manu Raju tried to get an explanation out of her, she ran away

Omar's recent remarks have been received so poorly that Democratic leadership distanced themselves from her on Monday.

"Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders wrote. "We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments."


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Hmm: Rep. Tlaib Once Wrote a Column for Notorious Anti-Semite Farrakhan's Publication

By Leah Barkoukis | Townhall


Source: (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib once wrote a column for the Nation of Islam’s publication, Final Call, whose leader is notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

“Lost in the often-vitriolic national quarrel over immigration reform is any examination of proposed measures that would result in excessive punishment, such as detention and deportation, for the most minor offenses,” the Palestinian-American congresswoman wrote in the 2006 column. “Concern for 'national security' has introduced unprecedented insecurity to living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.”

The column, which is not accessible online, was unearthed by blogger Jeryl Bier.

"The article is entitled "Bills must stop deportations for minor offenses" and addressed the problem of legal immigrants deported for technicalities and other relatively minor issues," he wrote on his blog. 

Since the time of Tlaib’s writing, Final Call has published numerous articles espousing anti-Semitic conspiracies with headlines such as “Racist Rabbis: A Long History of Jewish Race-Haters,” “The Secret Relationship Between Rappers and Jews,” and “Solving The Mystery of Jewish Financial Success,” among others. Tlaib has not published in the outlet since her initial 2006 column.

Tlaib has faced significant criticism since her election over her ties to anti-Semitic Palestinian activists and her support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which seeks to put financial pressure on Israel. In January, she attended a dinner with Palestinian activist Abbas Hamideh, who has referred to Israel as a “terrorist identity” and likened the state’s underlying ideology to that of ISIS.

Additionally, one of Tlaib’s top fundraisers, Maher Abdel-qader, has repeatedly espoused anti-Semitic tropes online. Abdel-qader also created the Facebook group “Palestinian American Congress,” which often hosts anti-Semitic discussions and which Tlaib is a member of, the Daily Caller reported last month. (National Review)

While Tlaib's office did not respond to Bier for comment, a spokesperson did issue a statement to Business Insider.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Florida’s Voucher Vindication


By The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board


 PHOTO: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis  - STEVE CANNON/ASSOCIATED PRESS

New data shows how school choice lifts college prospects.

One issue that helped Florida Governor Ron DeSantis beat progressive Democrat Andrew Gillum in November’s gubernatorial nail-biter was his support for the state’s private school voucher program. To understand why that mattered, consider a report this week on the link between K-12 school choice and college success.

Nearly 100,000 low-income students can attend private school in Florida under its Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) program, and 68% of the students are black or Hispanic. 

When the Urban Institute examined limited data in 2017, it found that school-voucher alumni weren’t much more likely to earn bachelor’s degrees at Florida’s state universities than were their public-school peers. Some critics seized on this as evidence of school-choice failure.

Now comes new evidence from the Urban Institute, which this time examined a larger data set of some 89,000 students. 

The researchers compared those who used school vouchers to public-school students with comparable math and reading scores, ethnicity, gender and disability status. The new research also included students who attended private and out-of-state colleges and universities in addition to Florida schools.

High school voucher students attend either two-year or four-year institutions at a rate of 64%, according to the report, compared to 54% for non-voucher students. 

For four-year colleges only, some 27% of voucher students attend compared to 19% for public-school peers. 

Voucher students also appear to have broader post-high school options. About 12% of voucher students attended private universities, double the rate of non-voucher students.

What of graduation rates? 

Voucher students who entered the program in elementary or middle school were 11% more likely to get a bachelor’s degree, while students who entered in high school were 20% more likely. Some 35% of students in the study participated in the voucher program for only a year. 

But the researchers note that “the estimated impact on degree attainment tends to increase with the number of years of FTC participation,” indicating the program is important to student success. 

High schoolers who stayed in the voucher program for at least three years “were about 5 percentage points more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree, a 50 percent increase.”

William Mattox, a director at Tallahassee’s James Madison Institute, has noted in these pages that among the 650,000 black women who voted in Florida in November 18% chose Mr. DeSantis compared to the GOP’s national average of 7%. 

Forty-four percent of Latinos also supported the Republican. 

School choice no doubt wasn’t the only reason, but offering poor and middle-class parents vouchers to improve the educational prospects of their children couldn’t have hurt.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

COMMENTARY: The State of the Black Union


By Raynard Jackson


Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.

During the month of February in America we celebrate Black History Month. As we celebrate the achievements of Blacks in the making of this great country, I can’t help but think about the state of the Black community in 2019.

The state of our Black union is depressing!

We, as a community, must stop asking others to do for us what we should be doing for ourselves. We have more education than our parents and grandparents; yet have a lower quality of life. We have more opportunities than our parents and grandparents yet have less to show for them.

We have more Blacks in elected political offices than ever before, yet our economic indices in cities run by Blacks are horrible, i.e.: Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Atlanta to name a few.

Hardly a week passes by without a Black person having some deadly encounter with law enforcement.

How did we, in the Black community, get to where it seems to be open season on our people by law enforcement? Yes, racism still exists, but racism is not the cause of the condition of our community.

According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, over 70% of Black babies are born to unwed mothers. It is estimated that since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in 1973, that over 16 million Black babies have been murdered — 55 million babies in total.

In New York City every year, more Black babies are aborted than are born. Yes, you heard right. According to their Health Department, between 2012 and 2016, 136,426 Black babies were aborted versus 118,127 babies born. Blacks are the only group in America that have more babies aborted than born!

If Black lives matter, does that include their babies?

The solution to this culture of death in the Black community specifically, and America in general, is very simple. We need to reconstitute the family unit; meaning mother, father and children. These perverted variations of the traditional family unit will not restore our traditional values back to our community or our society.

Study after study has shown that if you graduate high school, get married, and then have children, you are almost guaranteed not to live in poverty.

The traditional family unit is the solution to all the ills facing the Black community and America.

But yet, the media appointed Black leaders and their radical liberal groups spend all of their time promoting homosexuality, amnesty for illegals, and Planned Parenthood.

When have you ever heard the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, or the National Urban League talking about the traditional family unit is key to righting the ship in the Black community?

When Bill Cosby gave his famous “Pound Cake” speech, he was eviscerated by the Black liberal elites.

When have you ever heard Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, or Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League talk about the family unit; or telling girls to keep their damn legs closed if they cannot financially afford to care for a child?

How did the Black community allow the homosexuals to hijack our fight for Civil Rights? Their issue has absolutely nothing to do with Civil Rights.

How did we allow George Soros, Bill Gates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Mark Zuckerberg to get media-appointed Blacks to put illegals ahead of their own community? Can you imagine willingly training someone who is going to take your job and agreeing with them that they have a right to take your job.

According to Planned Parenthood’s 2017 annual report, they had total revenue of $1.3 billion, $555 million from the federal government. They made a profit of $77 million. Yes, they get paid to kill.

They also have spent over $38 million in political campaigns between 2012-2016. Yes, they buy Black, Democrat politicians!

To paraphrase Jay-Z, “Blacks folks got 99 problems, but homosexuality, amnesty, and Planned Parenthood should not be one.”

We survived slavery, overcame segregation, and fought discrimination and are still standing.

But, in order to restore the Black community, we must turn away from the media-appointed Black leaders. They have sold us out at every chance.

Just imagine if we put the same amount of energy fighting for our own people and causes like we do for other groups.

Just imagine if we took the energy we put into hating President Donald Trump and Republicans [put it] into getting young girls to stop having babies before marriage; getting Black entertainers and athletes to hire Black C.P.A.s, publicists, lawyers, managers, etc.; getting Black churches to stop caving in to the radical homosexual agenda; and creating more Black entrepreneurs.

We don’t need a law to make any of the above reality; but what we do need is leaders who cannot be bought off by those who have no concern for the Black community.

The state of our union can be brighter, but you can’t have union without “u” “n” “i.”

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org. You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.